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Gold Coast (Coolangatta / Bilinga) Airport Information

Gold Coast Airport traces its origin to three grass landing strips that were used as an emergency landing site for airmail pilots in the mid-20th century. These grass-covered runways served several commercial passenger airlines until they were replaced by two paved landing strips in the late 1950s. Later expansions and upgrades enabled the facility, which was known as Coolangatta Airport, to service jet aircraft. A new terminal building, constructed in 1981, was named in honor of Eric Robinson, a successful entrepreneur, and civil servant. In 1999, the new airport management company changed the name to Gold Coast Airport in recognition of its proximity to the popular tourist destination.

The airport has three passenger terminals. The main building is segmented into Terminals 1 and 2. A second building, located 200 meters to the south, serves as the terminal for low-budget airlines. Inside these single-level terminals, passengers will find a variety of amenities. These include banking facilities, foreign currency exchange services, passenger lounges, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Parent rooms are available for passengers traveling with infants and small children. The airport is committed to providing full access for passengers with special needs, including wheelchairs and Braille signage. Flight Information Display Screens provide up-to-date flight arrival and departure times.

Patrons have access to 2,000 covered and uncovered, long and short-term parking spaces that are conveniently located across from the terminal. Payment options include cash or credit card at the parking structure exit. Passengers can use kiosks located inside the terminal. Drivers can also prepay upon arrival. There are security screening checkpoints, custom controls services, and offices where international travelers can request a refund of the Goods and Services Tax. Rental car agencies have counters located inside the terminal adjacent to the check-in counters.

Gold Coast Airport is located just 25 kilometers south of Surfers Paradise and one kilometer from Kirra Beach. The runways extend across the Queensland border with New South Wales. As a result, the runways are in two different time zones during the summer. Retaining its original International Air Transport Association call letters of "OOL," Gold Coast is the sixth most active commercial airfield in Australia. It serves more than 5.2 million passengers each year with direct and connecting flights to destinations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the rest of the world. In 2010, Gold Coast was recognized as the fastest growing airport in the country.

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